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Mayfair: Q&A with a Business Leader Fighting a Changing Neighborhood

Mayfair: Q&A with a Business Leader Fighting a Changing Neighborhood

Angela Vanni is a Philadelphia native and an owner of Giggles Gifts, a retail gift shop which specializes in candies, cards, seasonal decorations and other possible presents. Located at 7400 Frankford Ave., it was founded by the Veneziale family in 1983 and opened during an era when these types of businesses were a common sight in Mayfair. Now, the times have changed, […]

 

Roxborough: Preserving a Family’s Legacy, One Cheesesteak at a Time

Roxborough: Preserving a Family’s Legacy, One Cheesesteak at a Time

For Steven Kotridis, the food industry has always been a huge part of his life, so purchasing and preserving Dalessandro’s was something that has meant a lot to him. The original shop was opened in 1961 by William Dalessandro and his family. But by 2008, only Dalessandro’s daughter, Franny, was alive and running the shop on her own. […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Robertson’s Flowers Prepares for the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show

Chestnut Hill: Robertson’s Flowers Prepares for the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show

The Philadelphia Flower Show returned last weekend, giving a glimpse of spring amid an elongated winter. This year the theme for the show is “ARTiculture,” alluding to a mixture of art and horticulture. Exhibition designers for the Show drew inspiration from major art museums across the country. Robertson’s Flowers, a longstanding Chestnut Hill business, has […]

 By Nichole Baldino and Greg Paone

Chestnut Hill: Great Depression Era Jewelry Store Still a Local Fixture

Chestnut Hill: Great Depression Era Jewelry Store Still a Local Fixture

Bugay’s Jeweler’s at 8638 Germantown Ave. has been a part of the Chestnut Hill community for 84 years. Owner Rosalind Bugay-Schiller said her grandfather, who was an immigrant watchmaker, opened the store in 1929. The fine jewelry store has since remained in the family. Bugay-Schiller’s grandfather, uncle and father were all jewelers in the store […]

 By Mara A. Model and George R. Weaver

Kensington: Local Stable Hopes to Bring Horses Back into Mainstream

Kensington: Local Stable Hopes to Bring Horses Back into Mainstream

Hidden behind a gated apartment complex and a cobblestone road lies one of the last remaining horse stables in Kensington. The Olde City Carriage Company at 2214 Blair St. was once home to more than 50 boarded horses. Now, the family-owned- and-operated company is down to three horses that work with Philadelphia Carriage Tours in Center […]

 By Rachel Stumpo

Wynnefield: Hardware Store Builds Customer Relationships

Wynnefield: Hardware Store Builds Customer Relationships

The local hardware store has become a rare breed, but with his focus on the neighborhood and do-anything mentality, David Schwartz has kept his family business going strong. Schwartz Hardware, located at 1909 N. 54th St. in Wynnefield, boasts a sign that promises, “We fix everything but broken hearts.” The store was founded in 1959 […]

 By Juliet DeRose and Dan Snyder

South Philly: The Freshest Seafood Around

South Philly: The Freshest Seafood Around

South Philly residents know the best fresh seafood doesn’t come from a supermarket. Phil’s Live Crabs has been a neighborhood favorite since 1984, attracting patrons from all over the Greater Philadelphia area including Chestnut Hill, the Northeast and South Jersey. Rita D’Amore runs the pickup truck shop at the corner of 10th Street and Oregon […]

 By Judy Kim

Powelton Village: A Small Family Business

Powelton Village: A Small Family Business

City Food Market is a local convenience store, located at 4000 Baring St., in Powelton Village. Jonathan Jimenez, 24, has been an assistant worker here for four and one-half years. Much of his job involves cooking, but he also is kept busy stocking such items as chips and sodas, which he sorts by flavor when they are […]